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I Told You So [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Kate Clinton

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May 1 2009
I Told You So is a hilarious, bittersweet, and politically acute survival guide. In collected columns and routines, Kate Clinton gleefully details personal coping techniques tested over a lifetime. They're perfectly suited for political and cultural upheaval: wildcatting for democracy, curbing your cynicism, and changing the climate. Read them and you'll never be voted off the island.


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I Told You So is true, terrifying, and coffee-out-yournose funny. I love Kate Clinton. Buy the book, or I'll sic the NSA on your ass.—Rachel Maddow

"Kate Clinton makes our world bigger by sharing hers. With her laser-beam wit, she offers up a series of bittersweet, twisted, tart and tangy, honest, and from-the-heart essays. I enjoyed every minute of viewing the world through her eyes. All that and she is funny."—Lewis Black, The Daily Show

"A hilarious, jam-packed, and fun-filled collection of thoughts from the mind of an American original."—Lily Tomlin

"Clinton proves in these essays—which cover topics from the inherent lesbianism of Sex and the City to three-dimensional thesauri—that she still ranks among the sharpest, funniest working comedians."—Ms.

"[Clinton] throws just as many ingredients into the pot—she riffs on Hillary Clinton and waterboarding, baptism and Provincetown—but comedic license and her own wicked sense of humor allow Clinton a kind of thematic ADD that fiction would not afford."—Kathi Wolfe, Washington Blade


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About the Author

Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning over 25 years, Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and ten presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime and scoundrel time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars K8's Gr8t! May 18 2009
By Marsha A. Griffith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Just saw Kate in Asheville, NC a few weeks ago, she was hilarious. I got this book as soon as we got back. She is funny, way funny, but more than that, she is wicked smart and right on target. She should have her own tv show a'la Jon Stewart. Get this book, you will laugh out loud, and learn something in the process.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love Kate Feb. 8 2010
By Kathleen P. Smith-jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the third of Kate's books and I have read them all. Some of the material is very dated politically. I particularly enjoyed the chapters that were not political in nature. It is a laugh-out-loud, hey, let me tell you what she said about this kind of book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun-To-Read May 28 2009
By Lavender Lil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Just finished this book, it was fun-to-read, Clinton is smart and funny and an enjoyable writer. -- Annette Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Warning May 12 2013
By Htana Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Dont say the L word is now longer any protection. It seems "The dont ask dont tell rule" has been replaced by " we will intrude into your life and the life of all your family and friends harassment model". Kate reminds us the few media gays do not represent the working or social conditions of many gay women. I purchased this as a survival refresher course following lesbian harassment at work and the subsequent loss of my employment. Seems my work colleagues had read all the gay porn and none of the deeper political issues such as lesbians are people, fellow citizens with an IQ above the porn for straights.

I also read " And they were wonderful teachers" Florida's purge of gay and lesbian teachers. This shows how some used the gay scare to attack women with intrusive questions about their sexual lives. These questions show no care for women, lesbians or homosexuals. This type of attack on economically and politically free women has been common in history. The book clearly shows how some public servants entrusted with the civil duty of care to all citizens misused power. How they interacted with groups outside the public service to enhance the effect of their own hatred

President George Washington in "Rules of civilty and decent conduct" advises us to ignore those who bring inappropriate public attention to private matters. He cautions not to publically engage verbally or any other way in such matters .

My recent experience and changes to some Australia laws now seem to require a woman or man to show they have an sexual atrribute to be protected at work or in public. If a woman (or anyone) is harassed as having any sexual attribute (gay or other) she must prove she has the attribute by discussing gay experiences, sexual and other relationships, all relationships including family history of those not in the workplace. A total intrusion into those social and family friends not employed by her employer. A total breech of all rules of privacy. If she refuses to discuss these attributes then harassment has not been proven. Staff are no longer are required to act in a civil manner regardless of a person sexual status be that married, unmarried, gay, hetrosexual , bisexual or transexual. It seems a repeat on the 1950's.

The current debate where phrases gays and woman are nothing unless married are dangerous sentiments which may reduce any or all women to no status unless married. Comments that any type of relationships outside of marriage are somehow inferior are not statements from those who value freedom. It seems with Australia passing a raft of legal ammendments such as polygomy, surrogacy laws and change to anti-disrimination laws which seem to now reduce women only to a protected atribute along with any other disabilty this is a timely refresher
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Read July 23 2009
By C. J. Pearmon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm hard-pressed to figure out how to describe the writing of Kate Clinton. Given that she is a comedian, it seems like funny should be a part of my description, but it's not. There were a few places where I actually chuckled while reading, but I can count those instances on one hand. Her writing seems to be more of a wry, feminist, every-woman take on current and political events. She's flippant and sarcastic and gets to the point of each of her essays quickly.

So once the expectation of comedy is lowered, what's left is a collection of essays that sum up the liberal, feminist, queer view of politics from 2006 to late 2008. The last throes of Bush are described and then the primaries and general presidential election are re-told from Clinton's perspective. Given that she is a 60 year old woman who's not afraid to speak her mind, her essays obviously state her points firmly. She doesn't beat around the Bush, she beats the Bush directly.

Clinton's take on the last few years of politics is a worthy read, voiced from a feminist that is worth listening to.
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